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A summer with two toddlers

Happy Friday!  We have an exciting weekend planed and are skipping out early today to head up to St. Paul to get a head start on the fun!  First, though, I wanted to share a few things I have learned this summer with having two toddlers.

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  1. A lot changes when you kid turns three.  Last spring, when I enrolled Max in preschool for this upcoming fall I was convinced he was not going to be ready.  I think anyone who has had to potty train a spirited child will agree with me that it is not easy.
  2. You want to desperately to be able to have full conversations with them and then they won’t stop talking… Max was a little slower to talk (as in he didn’t really talk until nearly three years old.  Now, he won’t stop.  It’s fun, but loud 🙂 .
  3. They learn things no matter what you do.  I am not the mom pulling out flash cards every night or doing specific learning activities (I’ve tried but it just isn’t me).  However, Max is still somehow learning, a lot!  Like more than he probably should, he can even spell a few words?  I have no idea but I’m glad something is working.

Now on to my little Asher 🙂 .

  1. Obviously I have had a one year old before but the second one is just as unique, if not more, and there is still a learning curve in learning what works for him.
  2. He is a lot more daring.  Making convincing David for number three incredibly difficult 🙂 .  I’m not sure if this is a second child thing or just a personality thing but Asher is always on top of something, upside down, in something, or getting into something.  Of course Max did this as well but not to the same extent.
  3. It’s fun to do something separately with your kids, learn about, and encourage their separate interests.  Max and Asher are almost to the day 16 months apart and they share a room so they often get put together.  It is important to encourage them to have differences and it actually takes quite a bit of work to do this!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I am off to get a bit of work done before we pick Max and Asher up and head off to the cities for the weekend!

 

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Updates

Hello!  This summer has simply completely gotten away from me.  Between work, life with two toddlers, and a few unexpected things this space has taken a back seat for awhile.  However, Max is starting preschool in a month and, while life will always be busy I am hoping that with having a little more time with Max and Asher busy with their things I will have a little more time as well!  What better way to start than with updating everyone on life’s happenings?

First, I had surgery!  I know, I literally told zero people.  But for good reason!  I found out I was having surgery less than 24 hours before it happened an I spent that entire time making sure laundry was done and put away, the house was clean, and ensuring childcare for Max and Asher.  The surgery was quite minimal and to be honest I really have no idea what exactly I had done (anesthesia is always incredibly effective for me) .  All I know is that I apparently had a torn muscle in my abdomen along with a ton of extra scar tissue that was removed but may return.  I’m still recovering but am generally feeling pretty good all things considered!

Max is officially a preschooler! I can’t believe he is going to be going to preschool already!  It will be so good for him though as he loves his daycare, especially when they go on trips (they are going to the fair this week!).  It became official when his teacher mailed us his back to school shopping list.  Did anyone else love back to school shopping growing up?

I am taking my second ever over-night work related trip away from Max and Asher!  I have obviously spent numerous nights away from both Max and Asher but this is the first time David will be taking care of BOTH of them by himself while I am away overnight.  While they will be in daycare all day and it is only one night I am hoping the house is at least a little picked up when I get home, and that Max and Asher have eaten something green, that would also be lovely 🙂 .

Kansas

From my last trip to Kansas about a week ago.  It was gorgeous (and a little warm), even through a dirty windshield 🙂 .

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We are moving forward on more house renovations.  Kind of.  We are currently in the process of taking down the wallpaper in the living area.  Ok, David has done all of it… it is pure coincidence he started taking it down the day before my surgery 🙂 .  Max is convinced we are going to paint the walls red (his favorite color) however I love Benjamin Moore’s Sea Foam so we will probably go with something similar to that.  We are also still working on getting the floors refinished.  David called both individuals who are able to refinish and fix original wood floors but we haven’t heard back yet, 3 months later, the joys of living in a more rural area 🙂 .

We have also been in the process of updating a bit of our furniture!  Some of it my Dad and brother are actually making and then we have been finding a few other items here and there.  Our latest purchase was some new chairs from Ikea.  The longevity of Ikea items has been hit or miss for us in the past but I have high hopes for these chairs!

I think that is all the major stuff!  I have a few great ideas for this space in the near future so be sure to subscribe or keep checking back!

Have a wonderful week : )

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Top ten baby names I didn’t use

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Mother’s Day weekend!  Today I am sharing ten of my favorite baby names 🙂 .   I have seen this topic around a few places and found it interesting to learn what names others love but didn’t choose for their babies for some reason or another.

Before I move on I just have to verify, no, I’m not pregnant not have I been successful in convincing David to move from his stance on maintaining a man on man defense 🙂 .

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First up, boy names!

Thomas.  I love this name and think a little Tommy running around would be adorable but David wasn’t as on board with it so it was nixed.

Lincoln.  David did not like this name at all for some reason and wouldn’t even consider it but I think it is super cute.  Although, I have no idea on what a good nickname would be for this little guy.

Harrison.  A good, strong name, in my opinion 🙂 .  Once again, David wasn’t a huge fan.

Jude.  I love the idea of simple, one syllable names and this one fits the bill.  However, David was not interested in using any names that can be found in a Beatles song (I have no idea why) so it was out.

Christopher.  I love this name.  It is possibly my favorite but I love the whole name and not any of the nicknames so we didn’t choose it 🙂 .

Girl names!  I’m not going to share the actual girl name we had decided if we did happen to have a girl so these are my other top picks.  (Just so everyone knows, I was the only who knew what we were having.  David wanted it to be a surprise but I wanted to know so I found out and kept it a secret both times!)

Eleanor.  I love this name but again, David, not so much.  Also, the Beatles.

Lucy.  A nice, one syllable name I love!  However, again, those darn Beatles 🙂 .

Elizabeth.  This was actually also my grandma’s name and even though she didn’t like it I happen to think it is a great name 🙂 .

Liberty.  I became obsessed with this name after driving by small lake once called Liberty lake.  David didn’t share my enthusiasm though.

Grace.  We actually both love this name and if we would have ended up with two girls this probably would have been Asher’s name!

It was difficult for me to narrow down my top five for each boy and girl names!  If I am ever able to talk David into more babies we may choose one of these names!

What baby names do you love?

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Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

Hello!  Mother’s day is literally right around the corner!  If you haven’t gotten a gift for either your own mother or the mother of your children I have a few ideas that are easy, don’t cost a lot, and that special person is sure to love 🙂 .

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Brunch.  Perhaps one of the most common Mother’s Day gifts?  It is pretty safe to say that most people enjoy a good brunch with their family.  This is great for mothers because not only do they not have to cook but they get to enjoy a fantastic meal that requires no clean up and usually includes a mimosa 🙂 .

A solo trip … to anywhere.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, even going grocery shopping without kids around can be a nice little break.  Other great ideas would be a few hours at a coffee shop to enjoy a cup of coffee and catching up on a good book.

Make life a little easier.  Is there one small thing that could be changed and make her life a lot easier?  Make it happen!  This can be something super small that adds just that little extra stress each day.  For me, I hate our laundry baskets and would love to get some new ones.  Not all that fancy or fun but it would make me happy!

Something pretty.  I’m a huge advocate for making the little things count.  Find something she uses often and then pick out a prettier version of the item. If she bakes a lot find some cute measuring cups to replace the plain ones she currently uses!

Don’t forget to show the mothers in your life how much they mean to you next Sunday!  It doesn’t need to be huge to mean something even bigger to them 🙂 .

Do you have any plans for Mother’s day?  What are some ideas you have to make the day special?

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Catch up

Hello!  It has been about a month since I have been around and we have been busy!  David works basically all the time this time of year and since Max no longer takes a nap I have been busy with all things toddler boys while still trying to keep up with work and the house.  Fortunately Max and Asher have been able to go to daycare most weeks lately giving me one day a week to get some things done!

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Other days it has been us making it work together 🙂 .

What else is new?

I got a weight set for my birthday meaning I have been able to implement some more traditional weight training into my routine which I am loving.  Is it weird that my biceps have been the biggest struggle?  I guess this shows a weakness in doing mainly barre for the past two years!

David bought a little motorcycle/scooter thing as a “way to save gas money”  I’m pretty sure he just wanted it though 🙂 .

I signed Max up for preschool!  I’m super excited for him because he is ready to go!  He loves daycare and is actually sad to leave his “friends” there.  Are they friends or playmates?

My marathon training is going well!  I am probably about half way through and have done way too many runs on the treadmill (David has been out of town a few times and the weather hasn’t been great) but the longs runs have been going well.

We started movie night with Max and Asher.  They love the idea but Asher never pays attention and Max usually gets bored (or falls asleep) 30 minutes in or so.  The only movie he has actually watched all the way through is Toy Story.  Also, just in case anyone else has younger kids, Finding Nemo was not hit in our house, it has a surprising amount of terrifying sharks 🙂 .

I think that is all for now!  Have a wonderful week and Easter weekend!

 

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